Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program for Florida residents is the umbrella program for all state-funded scholarships based on academic achievement in high school.
How and When Does a Student Apply?
Students must apply during their last year in high school (after December 1 and prior to graduation) or forfeit all future eligibility for a Bright Futures Scholarship.
* A student who receives a Bright Futures award and attends an out-of-state postsecondary institution and then returns to Florida to complete his/her education within three years may apply for reinstatement of the original award.
* In order to receive funding for a Florida Bright Futures Award, a student must:
» Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as determined by the student's postsecondary institution.
» Earn a standard Florida high school diploma or its equivalent.
» Be accepted by and enroll in an eligible Florida public or independent postsecondary education institution within 3 years of high school graduation. If you enlist directly into the military after graduation, your three-year period begins on the date you separated from active duty.
» Be enrolled for at least 6 semester credit hours or the equivalent in quarter hours or clock hours.
» Not have been found guilty of, or plead nolo contendere to, a felony charge, unless the student has been granted clemency by the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Executive Office of Clemency.
» Apply for a scholarship from the program by high school graduation.
From the funds available, the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance, may award applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed at their website:
For complete program details and to apply online, please visit: